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No right to abortion in international law: PLC

Pro Life Campaign criticises Council of Europe report which calls for legalisation of abortion.

2017.03.31.

Pope kicks off preparations for WMF2018

The 2018 event will recall for society “how important the family is for the future of Ireland and of the wider society especially in Europe” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2017.03.31.

Mental health issues for migrant children in Greece

Many of these children have escaped war and conflict only to end up in camps many of them call ‘hell’, where they say they are made to feel more like animals than humans.

2017.03.30.

Cholera in Somalia

Cholera cases are increasing every day, because conditions in the camps are unhygienic, there is poor water supply, and people arrive already weak from hunger.

2017.03.30.

Archbishop of Westminster call for prayers

The Cardinal was among religious leaders from different traditions who gathered for a vigil on Friday for the victims of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster.

2017.03.29.

Irish missionary priest appeals over scandal of child brides

“It seems the male-dominated culture and religious mores are created by paedophiles to satisfy their sexual demands and desires. Such cultural and religious practices have to be outlawed and the laws implemented.”

2017.03.29.

Historic church on Rathlin Island reopened by Bishop Treanor

“Today Rathlin is part of a world and of a society which, for all the achievements of modernity, is now searching for, indeed sometimes screaming for, ultimate meaning, purpose and hope.”

2017.03.28.

National Collection for WMF2018 takes place on 1 and 2 April

“Obviously the World Meeting of Families is going to involve a huge expenditure and an enormous investment by the Irish Church but it is an investment in our future and not just an event over five or six days in August 2018.”

2017.03.28.

Think actively about how to cope with reduction in number of priests – Bishop Francis Duffy

Over the next 13 years, 28 of our 53 diocesan priests will reach the retirement age of 75 years. By the time children baptised this year reach Confirmation our diocese will be a very different place.

2017.03.27.

Archbishop of Armagh gives keynote speech at inaugural Iona Institute Northern Ireland conference

Our faith has a lot to say about the nihilism and despair of a throwaway culture that has driven young people to self-destruction. Our Church’s teachings would seriously question such a limited view of individual rights that would dispute the equality of life of a mother and her unborn baby.

2017.03.27.

The European Union celebrates 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

The legacy of the Treaty of Rome is to continue the work begun by previous generations who courageously and prophetically sought to establish a better future for all – Bishop Noel Treanor.

2017.03.26.

Philomena Lee to appear at Limerick literary event

Philomena’s search for her son Anthony, who was born in a mother and baby home in 1951, has touched millions of people in Ireland and around the world, both through the film and the book on which it was based.

2017.03.26.

Focus Ireland reveals number of women affected by homelessness doubles

Latest figures show women now account for 42 per cent of the number of adult homeless and this has increased from 34 per cent over the last two years alone.

2017.03.25.

Accident survivor gives testimony of faith and hope

“I believe in the kingdom to come, and I’ll go on till the end of time,” Fergus McCormack tells congregations in Kildare.

2017.03.25.

Honour McGuinness legacy by finishing his work

Former US President calls on people of Northern Ireland to finish the work of peace “so we can all have a future together”.

2017.03.24.

Derry’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ footballer laid to rest

“These crosses come to us unbidden and unwanted as occasions for deep and anguished faith,” priest tells congregation at funeral of Ryan McBride.

2017.03.24.

Pope’s Irish visit will be landmark moment says Minister Flanagan

Ireland and the Holy See have some different perspectives and at times will have “difficult conversations”, but will also have many fruitful conversations about shared values – Minister Flanagan.

2017.03.23.

Martin McGuinness remembered

The death of Martin McGuinness had “lifted the lid” on the past and revealed “how raw, how hurt, and how traumatised many people remain”. Archbishop Eamon Martin said that there is still a lot to be done in the peace process.

2017.03.23.

Fatima statue visit is an opportunity to pray for peace and healing

“We are reminded of the value of peace by the passing of Martin McGuinness, who threw away weapons of war for an embrace of peace and how we have all prospered as a result.”

2017.03.22.

Racism is increasing in Ireland

The very significant levels of fear among those who have been abused because of their race have led to mental health problems, ongoing anxiety, depression, avoidance of public places and normal life, as well as loss of confidence and work and study opportunities.

2017.03.22.

Death of Martin McGuinness announced

Martin McGuinness “made an immense contribution to sustaining peace by reaching out a hand of friendship and reconciliation and being prepared to model alternatives to dispute and division” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.03.21.

Religious leaders concerned by ECJ ruling on religious symbols

“In a multicultural global society we are bound to have differences of appearance and dress and rather than creating a homogeneous look, it would be more beneficial if we created laws to co-exist.”

2017.03.21.

Pope apologises for role Catholics played in Rwandan genocide

God’s forgiveness is sought for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, including priests and nuns who “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission”.

2017.03.21.

More of a quick step than slow waltz as dancers raise €41,150 for SVP in one night

The fundraising dance event featured 12 couples doing the salsa, the tango, the Charleston, the jive, the paso doble and a bit of disco on the side.

2017.03.20.

Pope Francis to visit Egypt next month

The two-day visit to Cairo at the end of April is an indication of the growing warmth in relations between the Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

2017.03.20.

Brave helicopter pilot Dara Fitzpatrick is laid to rest in Dublin

“These extraordinary people put their own lives at risk in order to save others – what bravery! They truly are heroes” – Fr Andrew O’Sullivan.

2017.03.19.

Relic of patron saint of Luxembourg to be housed in Carlow Cathedral

St Willibrord is one of the most important saints in Europe and has appeal across many Christian communities. He studied and was ordained in Carlow.

2017.03.19.

Impressive line-up of speakers for Rural Communities Conference organised by MIC

While the theme of the conference is around taking lessons from sport, which currently plays a huge role in rural Ireland, the conversation on the night will embrace broad issues affecting rural areas and trying to re-imagine ways to revitalise them.

2017.03.18.

Cistercian College Roscrea to remain open after €1.5 million rescue plan

“This is one of the most joyous days in the history of Cistercian College ... We have been truly overwhelmed by people’s generosity” – Dom Richard Purcell.

2017.03.18.

St Patrick the migrant

Let us think about Patrick the ‘unlearned refugee’ (as he once described himself), the slave in exile, Patrick the undocumented migrant – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.03.17.
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